Top five EVs and hybrids for less than £250 a month
With the government planning to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040 and diesel taking a thrashing in the mainstream media, you might be thinking about leasing an electric or hybrid vehicle for your next car.
With manufacturers the world over are announcing ambitious plans to move to these methods of power in the future, and with the older barriers such as range anxiety and lack of infrastructure a thing of the past, 2018 is as good a time as any to take the initial plunge.
So what’s on offer? There’s no doubt impressive residuals have played a part in making these type of vehicles more affordable, which is why there are several that you can now lease for less than £250 per month. See all deals below.
We’ve also picked out five of our faves to help you out…
So you’re looking for an eco-friendly vehicle, but you’re wondering whether to get a hybrid, a plug-in, or perhaps a fully fledged electric car. Well Hyundai has considered your dilemma and made it just that little more difficult. Yes, the Ioniq is available in all of these guises!
This is a one-model-fits all that Hyundai hopes can quash the latest Prius and dethrone it from its decade-long reign as the go-to green car. Judging by its pricing and specification, it just might pull it off too.
Out of the three available guises we’d opt for the 1.6 GDi Hybrid model. It’s the entry-level option, but that doesn’t stop it coming with alloy wheels, cruise control, parking sensors and camera, emergency braking and Lane Keep Assist as standard. What we think you’ll be truly impressed with however, is just how affordable it currently is to lease.
Hybrids are hot. SUVs are hot. What about a hybrid SUV? Kia is famed for its value for money offerings, and the Niro continues that trend. It’s certainly a cheaper eco-option than the Prius.
It’s the company’s first all-out hybrid, and quite a good one at that, too. Its conventional 1.6-litre petrol engine produces 104bhp and is coupled to a 43bhp electric motor, both of which use a silky smooth dual-clutch gearbox which means, unlike some hybrids, it’s a pleasure to drive.
In honesty, it’s more a smaller, sleeker Sportage than a fuel-sipping Prius rival, but that’s fine by us. It also now comes as a plug-in hybrid. The Niro PHEV features the same 1.6-litre petrol engine as the parallel hybrid, but is paired with a more powerful 44.5kW (60bhp) electric motor – meaning it’s capable of travelling up to 36 miles on the energy stored in its batteries …
The Prius is the car that really kick-started the hybrid market back in the 90s, and while some sneered at the concept, 20 years later it would appear Toyota was way ahead of its time. Now in its fourth iteration, it makes more sense than ever to lease one.
Its divisive styling means not everyone will be a fan, but the 1.8-litre petrol engine and electric motor combo is a tried-and-trusted drivetrain and continues to lead the class in lots of ways. Official stats suggest it is capable of 90+mpg, while emitting only 70g/km of CO2.
It’s very well-equipped inside too, while Toyota’s impeccable build quality is as strong as ever. Personal leasing rates are now falling below that £250 per month threshold for the first time too, so if you were considering a Prius as your next car, now’s the time to take the plunge.
After something a little smaller? If you’re not one that likes to stand out, this could be the hybrid for you. After all, at a glance it looks like any other Yaris; hardly the showiest car on the road. Nonetheless, the car’s high quality interior and built-to-last feel that keeps drawing customers back.
It gets a 1.5-litre petrol engine that works with an electric motor, resulting in a combined output of 100bhp and fuel consumption as impressive as 85mpg.
Until recently, a hybrid’s Achilles heel has been dragging about those hefty batteries, but in the Yaris’ case, it weights less than 100kg more than the entry-level 1.3-litre petrol engine option, meaning steering, handling and the driving experience is superior to many other hybrids.
Suzuki Ignis SHVS
The Suzuki Ignis is a quirky looking supermini that stands out from the crowd. Its uniqueness isn’t just surface deep either – it’s also available with an all-wheel drive system, and if you so wish, a hybrid drivetrain.
The Ignis SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) is actually what’s known as a mild-hybrid. So what does that mean? Well, if we say a hybrid is a halfway house between petrol power and an EV, the Suzuki’s system would be a halfway house between petrol power and a hybrid.
It works by using two batteries, one of which is lithium-ion and stores surplus energy in order to power the car in traffic jams. But is it a proper hybrid? Admittedly it’s not as advanced as some others on this list, but with 65.7mpg on offer, it makes a frugal choice.
And for a little bit extra…
We’ll have to wait a while before sub-£250 per month deals become the norm (at the time of writing there’s only one). However, if you’re prepared to up your budget to £275, you can have one of the newest, most-advanced EVs yet on your drive.
Its 235-mile range is a 50% improvement over the outgoing model and, thanks to a sleek new design not dissimilar to the latest Micra, it looks great too. Cutting-edge features include Nissan’s advanced ProPILOT semi-autonomous driving assist as well as an ‘e-Pedal’.
This revolutionary technology that promises to transform the way we drive. It allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop simply by adjusting their input upon the accelerator pedal. If it sounds like the car for you, check out deals for less than £275 per month here…
*Images for illustration purposes. All figures correct as of 09/04/18.